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Stories for March 11, 2009

Teachers Union Calls SD Unified's Budget Plan "Appalling"

March 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The president of San Diego teachers union says San Diego Unified's proposed spending plan for next school year is "appalling." The school board adopted that plan last night. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Big Pharma Buyout Could Affect San Diego Plant

March 11
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's biotech community is closely watching the wave of mergers in pharmaceutical industry. Especially one that would change the ownership of an Oceanside plant. KPBS Reporter Tom Fudge has more.

Climate Change Risks For California

March 11
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

California's Climate Action Team is reviewing a report on the environmental and economic impacts of climate change in California. One part of the report looks at sea level rise. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce tells us how that may affect San Diego County.

Regulators Unconvinced Over Recontamination Testing at Qualcomm

March 11
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego city officials have failed to convince regulators to require a test ensuring gasoline is not recontaminating Qualcomm Stadium. The two sides met earlier this week. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has details.

Career Politicians or Dedicated Public Servants?

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Term limits in the state legislature was supposed to encourage citizen legislators. But career politicians continue to bounce from one termed-out elected office to the next. We'll take a look at the intriguing "family tree" of the legislature with KPBS Political Correspondent Gloria Penner.

Schools Juggle Retirement with Layoffs to Balance Budget

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Veteran teachers throughout San Diego may be retiring early as part of a push to balance school budgets. We'll explore the cost to education of such a move. And, we'll talk about Vista Unified's policy on parental notification for students leaving campus to seek medical services.

Fan Favorite LT to Stay with the Chargers

March 11
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Chargers fans can breath a sigh of relief today now that running back LaDainian Tomlinson has agreed to a new contract that will keep the fan favorite in San Diego for at least three more years.

Ice Age Sloth Latest Fossil at SD Site

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The latest find at the future downtown campus of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law were fossils from a giant ground sloth, which likely lived about 600,000 years ago during an Ice Age, researchers said Monday.

Gray Whale Wanders into San Diego Bay

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A California gray whale has wandered into San Diego Bay after migration season is over.

The Use of Alternative Medicine is Growing in the Veterinary Practice

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What are your options if your cat or dog is not responding well to the medicine that was prescribed by your local veterinarian? What kind of alternative medical options are available for pets? Host Alison St. John speaks to Dr. Katy Allen and Dr. Patty Ungar about the growing popularity of alternative veterinary medicine. We discuss how acupuncture, homeopathy, and traditional chinese remedies are being used by veterinarians and pet owners nowadays.

San Diego Attorney Shares His Impression about Prop 8 Hearing

March 11
By Dwane Brown, Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Last week, we spoke with California State Senator Christine Kehoe about her opposition to Proposition Eight. We now speak with someone who supports the measure. Joining us on Morning Edition is Charles LiMandri. He is a San Diego attorney and former spokesman for Proposition 8.

Non-Profit Organization Helps Disabled Vets Start a Business, Succeed in CA

March 11
KPBS Public Broadcasting

What are the biggest challenges disabled veterans face when they try to find a civilian job, or start their own business? The military offers people the opportunity to learn skills that can be applied in the civilian workplace, but many of our country's disabled vets need help finding the right job, and creating a business plan for the future. Host Alison St. John speaks to the executive director of the California Disabled Veterans Business Alliance about the goals of that organization. We also speak to Michael Patton, owner of Pothos, about his business and how the DVBE Alliance has helped him throughout the years.

Halloran, Chris Cantore Rap Dr. Seuss with Students

March 11
By Angela Carone and Culture Lust by Angela Carone

SD Unified Plans For Furloughs, Bigger Classes

March 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified school board approved a proposed budget plan yesterday that could result in bigger classes, work furloughs and fewer bus routes for next school year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has the latest.

Efforts Build to Revamp SD Unified's Pregnancy Policy

March 11
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Planned Parenthood and the Americal Civil Liberties Union of San Diego County want the San Diego Unified School District to adopt a policy that would prevent school employees from calling a parent if a teenage girl is pregnant. But critics say moms and dads have a right to know. In the second of a three-part series, KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis takes a look at the issue of parental notification in San Diego public schools.